Monday, 23 May 2011

A Local Labour of Love

The Globe Poster Printing Company plays a lesser known part of Baltimore's and, in the grander scheme of things, American music history. The Globe has churned out advertisements for iconic musicians like James Brown, Bob Dylan, B.B. King and more over the years. Now on their last legs, the company is selling their assets including the printing equipment, typefaces and poster reprints available on Etsy. (Leah Scarpelli) The characteristic retro style of these posters are amazing and provide an interesting glimpse into the past of advertising as well.

One particular individual, Andy Mangold, is setting out to preserve a piece of the Globe's legacy in a unique local labor of love. Using canvas from a Globe print job that fell through, Mangold has created a sweet little satchel with some help from a local Baltimore manufacturer and leatherworker. But he is currently still looking to raise funds to actually produce the bag.

Personally, I am partial to leather bags for practical reasons as I don't find canvas to be as durable. However, I love the story and history that this bag connects back to. The added versatility of the straps just cinches the deal for me - it can be carried as a backpack, briefcase or messenger bag.

(Photo is the property of Andy Mangold.)


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